Congrats, tinfoil nutters. You’ve got a glowing endorsement. From AP:
NEW YORK – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad questioned the official version of the Sept. 11 attacks and defended the right to cast doubt on the Holocaust in a tense appearance Monday at Columbia University, whose president accused the hard-line leader of behaving like “a petty and cruel dictator.”
He reiterated his desire to visit ground zero to express sympathy with the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, but then appeared to question whether al-Qaida was responsible.
“Why did this happen? What caused it? What conditions led to it?” he said. “Who truly was involved? Who was really involved and put it all together?”
Ahmanutjob and Troofers, birds of a feather.
File this under “Well, no shiite, Sherlock!” From the comPost:
As Rudolph W. Giuliani campaigns for president, he rarely misses a chance to warn about the threat from terrorists. “They hate you,” he told a woman at an Atlanta college. They “want to kill us,” he told guests at a Virginia luncheon.
The former New York City mayor exhorts America to fight back in what he calls the “terrorists’ war on us” and accuses Democrats of reverting to their “denial” in the 1990s, when, he said, President Bill Clinton erred by treating terrorism as a law enforcement matter, not a war.
Democrats, he said in July, have “the same bad judgment they had in the 1990s. They don’t see the threat. They don’t accept the threat.”
It is a powerful message coming from the man who won global acclaim for his calm and resolve after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. But it is undercut by Giuliani’s record as mayor and by his public statements about terrorism since the 1990s, which document an evolution in thinking that began with a mind-set similar to the one he criticizes today.
What a huge bombshell! What a shocker! Rudy thought about terrorism differently after 9/11/2001 than he did before that date! I mean, excluding the left, who doesn’t look at terrorism differently after we had 3,000 of our innocent countrymen slaughtered on our own soil?
Dumb#sses. Nope, no liberal media bias!
There’s just no other way to describe the lunacy demonstrated by that sorry #ss race-hustling poverty pimp Al Sharpton, his partner in crime Jesse “Hymietown” Jackson, and their ignorant minions who now think that blacks should be able to do whatever the hell they want to do to whites if said blacks are “disrespected”. From Seattlestan’s fishwrap:
JENA, La. — Thousands of chanting demonstrators filled the streets of this little Louisiana town Thursday in support of six black teenagers initially charged with attempted murder in the beating of a white classmate.
The crowd broke into chants of “Free the Jena Six” as the Rev. Al Sharpton arrived at the local courthouse with family members of the jailed teens.
Sharpton told the Associated Press that he and Reps. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, and William Jefferson, D-La., will press the House Judiciary Committee next week to summon the district attorney to explain his actions before Congress.
This could be the beginning of a 21st century’s civil rights movement challenge disparities in the justice system, he said, and he said he planned a November march in Washington.
“What we need is federal intervention to protect people from Southern injustice,” Sharpton told the AP. “Our fathers in the 1960′s had to penetrate the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, we have to do the same thing.”
The six black teens were charged a few months after three white teens were accused of hanging nooses in a tree on their high school grounds. The white teens were suspended from school but weren’t prosecuted. Five of the black teens were initially charged with attempted murder. That charge was reduced to battery for all but one, who has yet to be arraigned; the sixth was charged as a juvenile.
The beating victim, Justin Barker, was knocked unconscious, his face badly swollen and bloodied, though he was able to attend a school function later that night.
District Attorney Reed Walters stressed on Wednesday that race had nothing to do with the charges in Jena.
Walters said he didn’t charge the white students accused of hanging the nooses because he could find no Louisiana law under which they could be charged. In the beating case, he said, four of the defendants were of adult age under Louisiana law and the only juvenile charged as an adult, Mychal Bell, had a prior criminal record.
“It is not and never has been about race,” Walters said. “It is about finding justice for an innocent victim and holding people accountable for their actions.”
“Disparities in the justice system”? Gimme a friggin’ break! The white teens weren’t prosecuted because as far as I know, doing stupid bigoted things like hanging a noose in a tree isn’t a crime. However, the last time I checked, violently assaulting someone is indeed a crime. I don’t have a problem with the idiot white snots being suspended, but unless they commited a crime, I don’t see what you can prosecute them for. The last time I checked, being a bigoted idiot wasn’t illegal, because if it were, then Jackson, Sharpton, et al would be incarcerated for eternity.
Seriously, though, it seems like whenever a black person commits a violent crime, their “bruthas and sistas” swarm to their defenses, regardless of whatever the facts may bear out. Has Sharpton or his minions condemned the violence that the black teens inflicted on the white teens? I haven’t seen anything to indicate this.
So while these race-baiting warlords are trying to maintain their relevance by ginning up outrage where none ought be, race relations could be set back several years with such public displays of idiocy. Then again, something tells me that this is exactly what the beneficiaries of racism (real or imagined) like Sharpton and Jackson and their ilk want to happen.
Yet another heart-warming public education story, from Ted Kennedrunk’s stomping grounds (via CNN):
LAWRENCE, Massachusetts (AP) – This city’s superintendent of schools, who recently put two dozen teachers on unpaid leave for failing a basic English proficiency test, has himself flunked a required literacy test three times.
Wilfredo T. Laboy called his failing scores “frustrating” and “emotional.” He blamed his performance on a lack of preparation and concentration, as well as the fact that Spanish is his first language.
“It bothers me because I’m trying to understand the congruence of what I do here every day and this stupid test,” Laboy told The Eagle-Tribune of Lawrence in a story published Sunday.
“What brought me down was the rules of grammar and punctuation,” Laboy said. “English being a second language for me, I didn’t do well in writing. If you’re not an English teacher, you don’t look at the rules on a regular basis.”
Since 1998, all Massachusetts educators — from teachers to superintendents — have had to pass the Communications and Literacy Skills Test, which measures basic reading and writing skills, including vocabulary, punctuation, grammar, spelling and capitalization.
Laboy, who receives a 3 percent pay hike this month that will raise his salary to $156,560, recently put 24 teachers on unpaid administrative leave because they failed a basic English test.
If you’re a teacher in Lawrence and “no hablo ingles”, you get suspended without pay. If you’re the superintendent who runs that school system and you “no hablo ingles”, you get a pay raise and a six-figure salary. Nicely done, educrats.
From Hot Air:
He’s a revolutionary, he’s from a “minority” culture, and he loathes George Bush. What’s not to love? A communique from the new center of the Democratic Party:
I want to be very clear. There are certainly many things about Ahmadinejad that I abhor — locking up dissidents, executing of [sic] gay folks, denying the fact of the Holocaust, potentially adding another dangerous nuclear power to the world and, in general, stifling democracy. Even still, I can’t help but be turned on by his frank rhetoric calling out the horrors of the Bush Administration and, for that matter, generations of US foreign policy preceding.
Follow LGF’s link to the dKos post and read through the comments, where the main counterargument is that it’s okay to hate him because, in fact, he’s a lot like Bush. The silver lining in this week’s Mahdi Takes Manhattan feature is that it gives the filthy left plenty of opportunities to indulge the cretinous knee-jerk “enlightened” contrarian within by apologizing for this Holocaust-denying, terror-supporting douchebag. A few of the dumber ones have already piped up in support of his “good-faith gesture” at Ground Zero; we’ll see what other cockle-warming gestures he has planned tomorrow to get a swoon out of the, ahem, reality-based community. Keep it up, boys. There’s attack ads in them thar hills.
As usual, go ahead and feel free to question their patriotism (along with their sanity).
This may be the first time I respond to a letter to the editor on my blog instead of on the site where the letter appears. But since I find the content so patently offensive, I need to vent here. Here’s the wingnut’s editorial, unaltered by me or anyone else:
It’s time to stomp out atheists in America. The majority of Americans would love to see atheists kicked out of America. If you don’t believe in God, then get out of this country.
The United States is based on having freedom of religion, speech, etc., which means you can believe in God any way you want (Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, etc.), but you must believe.
I don’t recall freedom of religion meaning no religion. Our currency even says, ”In God We Trust.” So, to all the atheists in America: Get off of our country.
People like Gail Pepin (The Chronicle, Oct. 11) have caused the ruin of this great nation by taking prayer out of our schools and being able to practice what can only be called evil. I don’t care if she has never committed a crime, she is the reason crime is rampant.
To The Chronicle, please do not give atheists a voice. You do more harm than good.
Gloria ”Wendy” Ray, Aiken, S.C.
So many points to make, so little time. So let’s get to it. To Ms. Ray:
1. You’re an idiot. I didn’t go out on a limb with that one, now did I?
2. If you’d be so kind as to point out which survey you’ve seen that shows the majority of Americans want atheists deported, I’d greatly appreciate it.
3. “The United States is based on having freedom of religion, speech, etc., which means you can believe in God any way you want (Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, etc.)” is correct. However, “…but you must believe” is grossly incorrect. There is no constitutional or statutory requirement that Americans must believe in some god or another! Such a reqirement may exist in the Islamic Republic of Iran, but it does not exist in America.
4. “I don’t recall freedom of religion meaning no religion.” Well, it does. You are free to abstain from worshiping in any religion in this country.
5. “So, to all the atheists in America: Get off of our country.” I didn’t realize that atheists were ON our country?
Seriously, you have to believe in SOME god or another? Can you be a Muslim? Because according to the Christian religion, Muslims are going to Hell, so what difference does it make if someone goes to Hell for being Muslim as opposed to being an atheist? Think it through, lady!
I have said this before, and I will say it again: I believe in God as described in the Holy Bible, and I believe every word of the Bible. As such, I believe that when we die, if we have not accepted Christ as Lord and Savior, we will burn in Hell for eternity (do not debate me on this, for I am not going to change my mind).
Having said that, we live in a country where we are free to damn our souls to Hell if we so choose. Quite frankly, I like it that way. I do not want a theocracy here. The way I see it, if atheists want to live their lives like there are no consequences to their beliefs or actions, then how about I let God worry about that? I’ve got my own fish to fry, plus I’ve got my own messes to clean up, so if it’s all the same to you folks, whatsay I let the Almighty take care of that “salvation and judgment” thing of other people?
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., is considering a major tax hike on the rich to shore up the nation’s Social Security system.
“If we kept the payroll tax rate exactly the same but applied it to all earnings and not just the first $97,000,” Obama wrote this week in an Iowa newspaper, “we could eliminate the entire Social Security shortfall.”
Right, because businesses would just absorb the extra taxes (i.e. revenue shortfalls) without making any changes, right? Don’t you just love these functional economic illiterates?
Anywho, here’s a typical example of economic ignorance displayed by the left and the MSM (pardon the redundancy):
Obama’s idea, which he described on the op-ed page of Friday’s Quad City Times as being “one possible option” and not a formal plan, would raise more than $1 trillion over 10 years by subjecting income of more than $97,000 to a 12.4 percent tax. Half of the tax would be paid by employees and half would be paid by employers.
OK, for those of you who actually believe your employer pays half of your Social Security taxes, here’s an economics lesson for you, free of charge (and I know how you libs like “free” stuff, so “You’re welcome” in advance):
Your employer does not pay for any smidgeon of your Social Security taxes…you do. Your employer figures out how much it will cost him/her to hire you (salary, benefits, training, AND Social Security taxes), and then acts accordingly. For example, let’s say you make $50,000 per year (gross salary). It costs your employer much more than your $50,000 salary, and your salary and future raises will be based accordingly. All your employer does is collect the taxes from you in the form of smaller-than-it-otherwise-would-be salary and raises. Even if you get a nice salary and/or a big fat raise, know that it would be even fatter if your boss didn’t have to collect taxes from you. In other words, you would be making at least 6.2% more if not for the Ponzi scheme tax (er, Social Security tax).
In other words, the “employer’s share” of the tax doesn’t come from your mean ol’ nasty corporate bosses’ coffers. It comes from your own pay check. The sooner you people get it through your head that businesses do not pay taxes but merely collect them, the better off you’ll be.
Old Soldier has a good post on this, too, including mentioning that the 51% of taxes that the top 5% of wage-earners pay obviously isn’t enough for the left. These fools cannot be trusted to manage the purse strings of our country!
Sorry to disappoint you moonbats, but I’m back. Suffer.
Check this out from the Washington comPost, regarding the Old Gray Hag:
After two weeks of denials, the New York Times acknowledged that it should not have given a discount to MoveOn.org for a full-page advertisement assailing Gen. David H. Petraeus.
The liberal advocacy group should have paid $142,000 for the ad calling the U.S. commander in Iraq “General Betray Us,” not $65,000, the paper’s public editor wrote yesterday.
Clark Hoyt said in his column that MoveOn was not entitled to the cheaper “standby” rate for advertising that can run any time over the following week because the Times did promise that the ad would run Sept. 10, the day Petraeus began his congressional testimony. “We made a mistake,” Times spokeswoman Catherine Mathis was quoted as saying.
MoveOn, saying it had no reason to believe it was paying “anything other than the normal and usual charge,” said yesterday that it would send the Times $77,000 to make up the difference.
The Times also violated its own advertising policy, which bars “attacks of a personal nature,” Hoyt reported. He wrote that the episode “gave fresh ammunition to a cottage industry that loves to bash The Times as a bastion of the ‘liberal media.’ “
Yeah, what in the world would give us in the “cottage industry” reason to think that the Hag has a liberal tilt?
I have to disagree with the NYT on this one, though. They said that giving Moron.org the discount violated their own policies. Considering that their policy is to firmly plant their puckering lips on the left’s posterior, I don’t see where that policy was violated here.
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